German Shepherd dogs, as well as the other herding breeds that we have in rescue, are highly active, energetic, working breeds. They require considerable vetting, exercise, socialization, training, leadership and mental stimuli in order to be well-adjusted, well-balanced, and well-mannered dogs. Even if you exercise and play with your dog daily in your fenced yard, you MUST still take your dog out on daily walks and outings in order to work on his/her leash skills, manners, and social skills.These breeds make great additions to active families who will pamper them, but who will also work with them, as they are smart dogs who need leadership, structure, plenty of activity and mental stimulation.
If you are new to German Shepherds (and other herding breeds), please research the breed to make sure this is the dog for you. We ask that you consider the time and financial commitment that your German Shepherd (or other herding breed) dog will require before applying for one. Please review the section on our website (www.heartlandgsrescue.org) "Is a HUGS Dog Right for You?" for additional information.
Sweet Padme (aka May) and her babies, were an emergency rescue from a reservation in Kansas. Their owner had passed away, and sweet May was living out in the scorching heat 24/7 with her two newborn babies, Luke and Leia. We knew it was imperative to get this little family out of the elements and into the proper environment immediately. Thanks to a wonderful HUGS adopter who stepped up to foster them, the babies have been growing and thriving with mom, and they are now all ready for individual homes of their own.
May is a very smart girl! May is a typical GSD as she is full of energy and loves to be outside playing and running in the yard with her family and the other dogs. Her foster family realized that she knows several basic commands and is a good listener. She is getting used to being in a kennel at night. She will literally do anything (like opening doors!) to get to her humans so she can snuggle and be a part of the action. May would do best with someone who is not gone too many hours, as she doesn't love to be crated. May has been around other dogs in her foster family and young children. She is very interested and does well with all of them.
The adoption fee for May is $350, all of which goes back into offseting our high-cost vetting expenses and rescuing more dogs. We are a 100% volunteer-run rescue group and rely on adoption fees and donations to continue saving lives. Adoption fees include spay/neuter, current on age-appropriate vaccinations, fecal, deworming, flea/tick and heartworm preventative, heartworm tested if old enough (and treated if positive), and microchipped.
Please visit http://heartlandgsrescue.rescuegroups.org/info/adoption for more information about our adoption process and requirements, and to apply. Like any of our dogs, May would make a great addition to an active home that will provide the love, structure, good leadership, activity and mental stimulation that her breed needs. Because of that, May's ideal owner will have prior GSD or other herding breed experience, and a friendly dog buddy for May. Even if you exercise and play with your dog daily in your fenced yard, please remember that you MUST still take your dog out on daily walks and outings, in order to provide sufficient stimulation, ward off boredom, and work on leash skills, and manners.
More about Padme (aka May) *Star Wars Litter, mom*
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Please review the information in the "About Us", "Important Considerations" and "Adopt" sections on our website menu, as it contains useful information about the breed, adoption fees, the adoption process and our requirements, and how meeting the dogs works.
Other Pictures of Padme (aka May) *Star Wars Litter, mom* (click to see larger version):
Currently we do not know if Padme (aka May) *Star Wars Litter, mom* will be able to attend the event, Healthy Meals & Happy Tails on Sunday, April 23rd, 2023.